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Dominican boxing controversy

By Robert Coster

At the ongoing WBO Convention, Luis Perez, in charge of WBO rankings, denounced the fact that the Dominican Republic is being used by Puerto Rican managers to pad the record of their boxers, pitting Puerto Ricans against local Dominican fighters with losing records and many of them with no victories at all. “Those same managers then try to have their boxers ranked in the WBO on the basis of these misleading and distorted results, fighting 2-3 times within 15 days,” stated Perez. For his part, former WBO President Ramon Pina Acevedo, himself Dominican, called the present situation “shameful”, “tainting the good name of Dominican boxing.”

Answering these allegations was Dominican promoter Jose Rafael Lantigua, President of Domini Boxing Promotions, who described the declarations of Pina Acevedo as the result of misinformation. “I would not want to have a revered figure like Pina Acevedo being used by unscrupulous elements. We have internationalized the Dominican boxing scene and there is nothing wrong with having Puerto Rican and Cuban prospects fight here. Prospects are brought along by fighting journeyman boxers — nothing new about that.”

Lantigua added that “Dominican boxing is in good health. Boxers are guaranteed regular medical checkups. Promoters like Sampson Boxing, Miguel Cotto, and Acquinity Sports (of Miami) are some of the promoters flocking over to the Dominican Republic and this is positive, a sign of the renewed dynamism of the game of boxing in the country. Just think of all the Dominican prospects we have fighting in this country and the United States. We are actually witnessing a revival of Dominican boxing!”




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